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‘Day-night Tests should not be the norm’

  • Published at 08:33 pm November 21st, 2019
Pink ball
A pink lies on the outfield of Eden Gardens Thursday BCB

Virat Kohli also expressed excitement over the day-night Test in the City of Joy between host India and Bangladesh, and believes there should be a fixed Test calendar for the fans so that they plan ahead before any series

India captain Virat Kohli believes day-night Tests should not be the future of Test cricket and said Tests should not just cater to the entertainment of the spectators.   

“In my opinion, I think day-night Test should not become the only way to play Test cricket because then you're losing that nervousness in the first session in the morning of a Test match. Yes, you can bring excitement into Test cricket but you can't purely make Test cricket based on just entertaining people,” Kohli said during the pre-match press conference at Eden Gardens Thursday.

“You know the entertainment of Test cricket lies in the fact that a batsman is trying to survive a session and a bowler is trying to get a batsman out and if people don't respond to that, too bad. Whoever wants to respond to that will come and watch Test cricket. If I don't like Test cricket, you can't push me to like Test cricket. If someone gets an excitement or a boost from watching that battle between bat and ball and a great session of Test cricket, in my opinion, those are the people that should come and watch Test cricket. Because they understand what's going on,” the 31-year old added.    

Kohli also expressed excitement over the day-night Test in the City of Joy between host India and Bangladesh, and believes there should be a fixed Test calendar for the fans so that they plan ahead before any series.  

“It is great to create a buzz around Test cricket in Kolkata. The first three-four days here are sold out, which is amazing. But I think if we have a Test calendar, where the series and the Tests are fixed then obviously it'll bring a lot more system and sync into people planning their calendars as well,” said Kohli.  

“If you have centers marked and you have Test calendars marked then obviously people will have an idea of as to how to plan to get to those Tests - people are not going to leave their work and come to a Test match if they don't know what's going on. They can plan in advance, like you plan for anything in life. So I think this can be a one-off thing, it should not in my opinion become a regular thing,” he concluded.